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Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Hired! Teacher Candidate Sarabeth Royer Hired at Athens Area High School! #psuaged16
To say Ms. Sarabeth
Royer was “Tagged to Teach Ag” at an early age is an understatement. Growing
up on a dairy and poultry farm, her parents were her first teachers. Sarabeth's parents
encouraged her, guided her, showed her, and let her learn on her own. As a teen,Sarabeth's
Ag teachers took the reigns. “They believed in me before I believed in
myself, and pushed me to try harder, go farther, and achieve more.”Sarabeth has the opportunity to do just that
at Athens High School where she has been hired as an Agricultural Educator!Congratulations Sarabeth!
Ms. Sarabeth Royer & Mr. David Stienfelt
Athens is where Sarabeth student taught with
the guidance of Mr. David Steinfelt, who she will now call a colleague, and teach alongside.Sarabeth was hired as part time agriculture,
part time science.She was drawn to
Athens even more after student teaching there. “I was just blown away by the
community. While student teaching at Athens I felt very welcomed and I knew
that I wanted to find a school that was as closely knit to their community. At first, I was very hesitant of teaching science part time, but realized
that I really enjoy science and that there are so many teachers who teach
subjects they weren’t originally planning on teaching! Plus, Biology and
Agriculture are very much intertwined.”
While at Penn State Sarabeth held animal
science and international agriculture minors and was extremely involved in
campus organizations including Teach Ag! Society, Poultry Science Club, Dairy
Science Club and Navigators to name a few! She also served as an Ag Advocate for
the College of Agricultural Sciences. These all led her to an incredible
student teaching experience at Athens, where she really learned “it’s all about
the students, the community and the small victories of everyday teaching.”This will continue to serve her well.
One of the many quotes Sarabeth lives by!
Athens Area High School is home to largest FFA
chapter in Bradford County. Mr.
Steinfelt has classes in Introduction to Agriculture, Horticulture, Ag
Mechanics I and II and SAE/FFA Leadership. Sarabeth will be teaching Animal
Science and Veterinary Science along with some Biology classes. “This is
exciting because in the past, the high school has primarily had Science teachers that
taught Animal and Vet Science, so it will be nice to have two Ag Teachers at
Athens.”Sarabeth is excited to continue
working with Mr. Steinfelt and the diverse and welcoming Athens community. From getting
her FFA jacket through the PA FFA Alumni Jacket
Campaign, to growing flowers, learning how to drive atractor and keeping records on her chores for
her Supervised Agricultural Experience, she is ready to help her students do
the same.“I hope to always keep my
classes relevant so having any type of certification for my students would be
ideal. I also would LOVE to see that Athens Ag Program expand even more and
embrace their everyday victories.”
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